Birthday cupcakes

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And here I go on my first attempt towards cupcakes to bring to a birthday.

I am not an icing person, so I focused on finding a nice basic batter recipe and used the Wilton’s Whipped Icing Mix and the White Decorator Icing along with the icing colors.

And wow! It was fun! Too bad you look at the beautiful result and can’t avoid thinking of how unhealthy it is! Well, once in a while it is ok to indulge…

The batter recipe is from Martha Stewart’s kids, Fall version. I did not change anything, followed it to a “t” and the cup cakes turned out perfect.

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Vanilla cupcakes

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp salt

12 tbs unsalted butter, room temperature (1 1/2 sticks)

1 1/2 cups sugar

4 large eggs

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups milk

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Line cupcake pan with paper liners; set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In another mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until incorporated and scraping down sides of bowl, beat in vanilla.

Add flour mixture and milk alternately, beginning and ending with flour. Scrape the sides and bottom of bowl to assure the batter is thoroughly mixed. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling papers about 2/3 full. Bake on the center rack of the oven until tops spring back to touch, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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For the icing I followed the package instructions, which worked perfectly. Double check at Wilton

I had my own decorating bag and tips but I used the disposable ones, which made the cleaning easier. It was really fun, I might take a course on decorating!
Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

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